Inclusive Leadership, Stereotyping, and the Brain

Research Symposium:
Inclusive Leadership, Stereotyping and the Brain

September 18, 2009

at the Italian Academy of Columbia University

Co-hosted by the Leadership Lab and the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

Leading effectively in today's workplace requires the ability to manage many types of diversity, including cultural, gender, and generational diversity. A key challenge to leaders is the tendency for societal stereotypes to bias one's evaluations and expectations. The psychology of stereotyping, and of strategies for minimizing its influence, is thus highly relevant to managers and organizations.

Research in social psychology, and social cognitive neuroscience, provides insights about how and when stereotypes affect judgments.

In this research conference, we explored these scientific insights to draw out some of their practical implications for managing diversity and inclusive leadership.

Keynote Speaker

Susan Fiske
Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

Research Panel

Michael Morris (Moderator)
Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership, Columbia Business School

Lasana Harris
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Duke University

Dana Carney
Assistant Professor of Management, Columbia Business School

David Amodio
Assistant Professor of Psychology, New York University

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Columbia University

Industry Panel

Christopher Mayer(Moderator)
Senior Vice Dean; Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate
Columbia Business School

Susan Sturm
George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility
Columbia Law School

Laura Liswood
Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders;
Senior Advisor, Goldman Sachs

Monika Mantilla
CEO and President, Altura Capital

JoEllen Helmer
Partner, Ernst & Young

Related Academic Papers

Fiske, S. T., Cuddy, A. J., Glick, P., & Xu, J., “A model of (often mixed) stereotype content: Competence and warmth respectively follow from perceived status and competition,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2002, 82, 878-902.

Fiske, S. T., Cuddy, A. J. C., & Glick, P., “Universal dimensions of social perception: Warmth and competence,” Trends in Cognitive Science, 2007, 11, 77-83.

Amodio, D. M., “The social neuroscience of intergroup relations,” European Review of Social Psychology, 2008, 19, 1-54.

Amodio, D. M., & Frith, C. D., “Meeting of minds: the medial frontal cortex and social cognition,” Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2006, 7, 268-277.

Amodio, D. M., Devine, P. G., & Harmon-Jones, E., “Individual differences in the regulation of intergroup bias: The role of conflict monitoring and neural signals for control,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2008, 94, 60-74.

Green, A. R., Carney, D. R., Pallin, D. J., Ngo, L. H., Raymond, K. L., Iezzoni, L., & Banaji, M. R., “The presence of implicit bias in physicians and its prediction of thrombolysis decisions for black and white patients,"Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2007, 22, 1231-1238.

Harris, L., Fiske, S., “Social neuroscience evidence for dehumanised perception,” European Review of Social Psychology, 2009, 20(1), 192-231.